The thought of working in sports marketing just scares me.
There are the many cold calls selling people on purchasing, for instance, a six-game ticket package.
There are the grueling hours, especially for those in baseball, who sometimes must wake early for tarp pulls throughout the long season.
There's the planning of multiple events throughout the year.
And, it seems, to advance in the business, there has to be the willingness to just pick up and move all over the country.
I know there are a multitude of other responsibilities I'm missing, but those are some I've gathered in my few years covering the York Revolution and being around the tireless folks in the team's front office. It's a profession that's certainly gained my respect.
So it's always great to hear of a Revs' front-office person advancing in his or her career. That's because of one simple fact -- in most cases, he or she has earned it.
Staci Wilkenson is the latest to join the bunch. The Revs' director of marketing the last two seasons, Wilkenson recently began working as the marketing director of the Montgomery (Ala.) Biscuits, the Class AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.
A 2009 graduate of the University of Florida who grew up just a mile from the Orlando Magic's Amway Center, Wilkenson said her first "full-time salaried job with benefits" came in York.
"There's no way that I would've been given this opportunity here in Montgomery had it not been for my opportunity in York," Wilkenson said by phone from her Alabama apartment Thursday night.
Before coming to York, Wilkenson had previously worked for a year in sales for Southern Bride magazine in Huntsville, Ala., and another year in sales for the Magic.
"I think to get ahead in sports and to really achieve your goals in this career you have to be willing to pack up and move at an hour's notice," she said.
Wilkenson will be working at a ballpark about the same size as the one the Revs play in. Last season, the Biscuits drew an average of 3,917 fans a game compared to York's average of 3,741 fans.
Wilkenson follows a long list of former Revs' front-office people who have moved on to different endeavors. More recent departures were Karen Luciano, York's former client services coordinator, who is now working for the New York Yankees' Class AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre affiliate; and Neil Fortier, York's former vice president, who is now working for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Revs have yet to fill Wilkenson's position, Revs' president and general manager Eric Menzer said.
"Staci is typical of one of the things I really love about this business and my job, which is the opportunity to have young people come into our organization and learn and grow and advance those skills," Menzer said.